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September 1, 2010
With the award of technology maturation contracts to four industry teams in July, the U.S. Navy NextGen Jammer (NGJ) program within two years will advance from competing concepts to prototypes of the electronic warfare sensor of the future. ITT Electronic Systems in Clifton, N.J.; Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in Goleta, Calif.; Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems in Bethpage, N.Y., and BAE Systems...
September 1, 2010
The AEEC Cabin Systems Subcommittee (CSS) has developed Supplement 1 to ARINC Specification 628: “Cabin Equipment Interface (CEI), Part 8, In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) Equipment Standard Availability Measurement Guidelines,” adopted by the AEEC Executive Committee in October 2009. This standard develops the concepts for monitoring IFE system performance and health, which will aid in...
September 1, 2010
About four months into its most important modernization program for the testing of aircraft avionics, automatic test equipment (ATE) engineers at the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) are excited about how the electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS) program will bring “netcentricity” to avionics testing for the first time. One of the major benefits of that will be to...
September 1, 2010
Michael P. Huerta was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as FAA deputy administrator on June 23. He was nominated to the position by President Obama last December, but the appointment was blocked by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. The hitch: Cornyn wanted FAA to expedite approval of a certificate of authorization (COA) allowing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to base UAVs at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station...
September 1, 2010
It didn’t bode well that I arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport simultaneously with several other flights from who knows where. Because of that unfortunate coincidence, I had more than an hour to study the scuffed, cranberry colored, vaguely floral-patterned carpet of the arrivals hall as we pressed inevitably onward in the serpentine customs queue. Two years before, I had careened through the...
September 1, 2010
Military Project Julius Thales in July reported delivering the first shipset of avionics hardware it is providing for British Royal Air Force CH-47 Chinooks as part of Project Julius, a $650 million avionics and engine upgrade of the RAF Chinook fleet. Working under contract from Boeing, Thales U.K. is supplying an integrated glass cockpit based on its TopDeck avionics suite, designed for military and...
September 1, 2010
Optical Network Interconnections French aerospace connector manufacturer Souriau and Protokraft, of Kingsport, Tenn., have developed optical network interconnections using Souriau’s ELIO optical interfaces. Protokraft introduced the Sabre Series of high-speed optoelectronic solutions with Souriau´s ELIO optical interfaces for avionics optical networks. Protokraft Sabre series high-speed...
September 1, 2010
Ken Tollstam SRA International, of Fairfax, Va., named Ken Tollstam vice president within its Aviation Programs business group. Tollstam will be responsible for leveraging SRA’s technology in the domestic air-traffic management (ATM) market as it transitions to NextGen. Tollstam has more than 20 years of business development and management experience in the global aerospace, aviation, radar and...
September 1, 2010
September 13-16 Autotestcon 2010, Marriott Orlando World Center Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. Visit http://autotestcon.com. 13-16 Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Annual Conference & Exhibition, Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, Long Beach, Calif. Contact WAEA/APEX, phone 212-297-2177 or visit www.waea.org. 22 RTCA Fall Symposium, Grand Hyatt Washington...
August 1, 2010
Though vertical takeoff unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have yet to make the combat contribution of fixed-wing UASs, four very different autonomous rotorcraft show near-term warfighting potential. The 16-pound Honeywell T-Hawk ducted fan UAS helps the U.S. Army scout convoy routes and joint-service Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams spot Improvised Explosive Devices in Iraq and Afghanistan. The...
August 1, 2010
The decision by the United States a decade ago to put laser-guided AGM-114 Hellfire missiles on the RQ-1 Predator, turning the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems reconnaissance UAV into a weapon, kick-started the still-unfolding UAV revolution. Still, armed UAVs, or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), account for just a fraction of the dozens of remotely piloted aircraft already developed or on drawing...
August 1, 2010
Airplane avionics systems are wholly dependent on software, but rarely does anyone but a software engineer wonder whether the programs that keep the plane aloft are anything but perfect in their operation. But as software programs become more complex, the testing and certification processes that ensure the viability of those systems must be equal to the task. “On the one hand, we have all these...
August 1, 2010
With less outside acknowledgement than one might expect, FAA over the second quarter awarded six major contracts for engineering work supporting the Next Generation Air Transportation System. The Systems Engineering 2020 contracts are described as landmark awards worth potentially $6.5 billion over 10 years the largest set of awards in FAA history. FAA in April awarded an industry team led by CSSI Inc., of...
August 1, 2010
High-tech systems that allow you to hover blind won’t be coming to your helicopter anytime soon. Meanwhile, our critical need remains a few more seconds of good references and a few dozen more yards of visibility before touchdown. Like that old Lynyrd Skynyrd song about escaping a gun-wielding boyfriend, just “give me three steps toward the door.” A common mistake is we see different...
August 1, 2010
Commercial COMAC C919 Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. (COMAC) in July signed agreements with joint ventures involving GE Aviation and Rockwell Collins to provide avionics for the new C919 family of narrowbody aircraft. COMAC announced the selection of GE Aviation and AVIC Systems, partners to a proposed joint venture, to provide the avionics core processing system, display system and onboard...
August 1, 2010
Inertial Measurement Unit NovAtel, based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, released an addition to its GNSS/INS SPAN product family, the IMU-LCI. The IMU-LCI inertial measurement unit (IMU) contains a Northrop Grumman sensor that provides the low noise and stability required for applications requiring precise positioning and attitude. The custom NovAtel mechanical enclosure and software interface of the IMU...
August 1, 2010
Kevin Wright TTTech, based in Vienna, Austria, named Kevin Wright executive vice president of TTTech North America. In his new role, Wright also takes responsibility for TTTech Group’s global activities in the aerospace industry. Wright most recently was senior vice president of Strategy, Sales and Marketing for Meggitt Control Systems, a business unit of Meggitt PLC. Prior to that, he was...
August 1, 2010
August 18 Airborne RFID: Radio Frequency Identification Takes Off, an Avionics Magazine webinar, noon to 1 p.m. EST. For information and to register, visit www.aviationtoday.com/webinars/2010-0818.html 24-27 Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems North America 2010, Colorado Convention Center, Denver. Contact AUVSI, phone 703-845-9671 or visit www.auvsi.org...
July 1, 2010
Stealthy, supersonic and sensor-rich, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, or Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), will engage air and ground targets day or night. Key to using the F-35 in combat is a Helmet-Mounted Display System (HMDS) that superimposes flight and target symbology on the view seen through the pilot’s helmet visor. This virtual Head-Up Display slews sensors and weapons to pilot head...
July 1, 2010
Standards-based aviation computing took off with VME (Versa Module Eurocard) when the military switched from mil-spec to commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) processors. But this ubiquitous parallel bus technology has reached a speed limit. Its potential successor — VPX — shares little beyond form factors with VME. But board vendors and their customers are impressed by VPX’s eye-popping speed...
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